Short Stops

A Cozy Cidery Opens near Mount Rainier

At Mill Haus Cider Company in Eatonville, the food menu and outdoor spaces are worth their own trip.

10:01am By Allison Williams

Planner

Things to Do in Washington State in December

From ice skating in Olympia to a Christmas fair in Puyallup, all the best events near Seattle this December

12/03/2021 By Allison Williams

Lumberjacked up

How to Cut Down a Christmas Tree in the Woods

Want a tree straight from the forest? Buy a permit, grab a saw, and head to the woods.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Winter Report

Northwest Travel Winter 2021–22: Where to Go, What to Know

From Walla Walla to Port Townsend, the PNW offers an abundance of winter and holiday getaways within easy driving distance of Seattle.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Guide to Skiing in Washington State

Ready to drop into deep Pacific Northwest powder? First you'll want a ski pass—and we have the lowdown on all the options.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Summit at Snoqualmie Is Seattle's Closest Ski Spot

Seattle’s hometown hill packs plenty of room for skiers and snowboarders into an easy drive from the city.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Stevens Pass Ski Area Undergoes Epic Change This Year

The ski mountain within easy driving distance of Seattle offered its Epic Passes at a tempting discount this year.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

The Ikon Pass Goes Big at Crystal Mountain

The biggest ski resort in Washington state has raised their prices and started charging for parking. But can they live up to the extra expense?

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

The Indy Pass Is Basically a Skier’s Smorgasbord

A new budget ski pass helps support smaller, independent resorts like White Pass near Yakima and Mission Ridge in Wenatchee.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Muddy Boots

Shoulder Season Hikes for National Take a Hike Day

From short day hikes to longer-haul backpacking opportunities, here are the best fall hikes near Seattle.

11/17/2021 By Allison Williams, Craig Romano, and Seattle Met Staff

Turkey Travel

Destination Thanksgiving Dinners Within Two Hours of Seattle

Dirty dishes are for suckers. Head to Hood Canal, the east side of the Cascades, or the rocky shores of north Puget Sound.

11/12/2021 By Allison Williams

GIFT GUIDE 2021

20 Gifts for the PNW Outdoor Fanatic in All of Us

From REI hiking boots to locally made ski gloves to Outdoor Research puffer coats, here are holiday gifts for campers, climbers, and hikers.

11/10/2021 By Zoe Sayler

Time to Eat, Eh?

Canadian Feast

From Mexican to Italian to Chinese, Vancouver's vibrant food scene spans the globe.

11/09/2021 By Allison Williams

Canadian Feast

Authentic Mexican Fare Blossoms in Vancouver

The big flavors at Alimentaria Mexicana and Chupito are legit. Plus quirky exhibits at the Museum of Vancouver.

11/09/2021 By Allison Williams

border bound

Canada's Greatest Chinese Food Is at the Mall

In Richmond, Chinese fare flourishes at Old Xian's Food, Little Fox Bakehouse, and R&H Chinese Food in Landsdowne Centre. Plus the Versante Hotel.

11/09/2021 By Allison Williams

Canadian Feast

Vancouver Does Next-Level Italian Dining

Giovane Bacaro in the Fairmont Pacific Rim doles out lively small plates, Ask for Luigi trades in fresh pasta, and Pizzeria Farina spins artisanal pies.

11/09/2021 By Allison Williams

Peak Punk

How Conservationist Harvey Manning Tricked the Climbing World

The new book "Imaginary Peaks" digs into the Issaquah guidebook author's infamous Reisenstein Hoax—and what it means to have blank spots on a map.

11/08/2021 By Allison Williams

Planner

What to Do in Washington in November

Late fall offers drink festivals, nights out at the theater, and a craft fair or two.

11/03/2021 By Lucas Kaplan

Northern Exposure

The Canadian Border Fully Reopens to Travelers

Finally, nonessential travel is open both ways across the U.S.-Canada border.

11/02/2021 By Allison Williams

Lite Brite

The Northern Lights May Come Out This Weekend

Learn how to tell if the aurora borealis are coming to western Washington—and how to best spot them.

10/29/2021 By Allison Williams